Earthquake, Tsunami Talk Takes Over Web

Searchers, Twitter users, Google react to natural disasters

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The 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan and caused a powerful tsunami has captured the Web’s full attention.  This morning, nine out of the ten trending topics on Twitter relate to the natural disasters, the top Google Trends look rather similar, and Google’s released a new version of its Person Finder.

We’ll start our overview with a link to the Google Person Finder for the sake of anyone who has friends or family in Japan.  As with earlier versions used in Chile, Haiti, and New Zealand, it’s a tool that allows individuals to look for or provide information about someone, using either partial or full names.

That should help people confirm the well-being of their loved ones, although hopefully there won’t be too much uncertainty in the first place.

Then one other thing Google’s done is post a tsunami alert on its homepage in the event anyone hasn’t received word of the threat.

As for the top Google Trends and Twitter Trends, you can see them below, and with the exception of Casey Abrams (an American Idol contestant) and Kjeld Nuis (a Dutch speedskater), they’re all connected to the earthquake and resulting tsunami.

Best wishes to everyone who’s been affected.

Earthquake, Tsunami Talk Takes Over Web
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  • http://www.arcanasphere.com MrAndrewJ

    I see a lot of conversation, but not much in the way of helping beyond prayer and wishing. Hopefully some respectable party will set up some way to send aid soon.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Doug Caverly

      It looks like the Red Cross is accepting donations, at least, both through and its site and by letting people text REDCROSS to 90999 (for a $10 donation).

      • http://www.arcanasphere.com MrAndrewJ


        Not sure who has seen it yet, but the Yahoo logo on the front page now says “Japan Relief” in small red letters. Clicking the logo will take you to a Yahoo News page with links to a number of charitable organizations on it — including Red Cross.

  • http://www.aboutmedicalassistant.com/ Assistant Medical

    i was shocked from this news and was thinking is the world really going to end in 2012?

  • http://www.drivethrul.co.uk Micheal

    It’s very sad what’s happened in japan. Now with the threat with radiation etc, how frightening for the people. Let’s hope everything works out well soon!

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